sob story


: a sentimental story or account intended chiefly to evoke sympathy or sadness

Examples of sob story in a Sentence

She told a sob story about how she had to starve herself to pay for the rent. I don't want to hear any of your sob stories.
Recent Examples on the Web Granted, $7 million with performance incentives is a galaxy away from a sob story. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 But the change of clothes did not hide the horrors the girl had gone through, and Candelario’s sob story started unraveling. Faith Karimi, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 There’s the sob story, the gallant bildungsroman, the louche chronicle of various addictive behaviors, the righteous making of an activist, the victory lap. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2023 When the fashion publicist opened up about her upbringing, she was accused of creating a sob story in comparison to Sai and Brynn’s raw stories about their childhoods. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 2 Oct. 2023 The Replacements have gotten burdened with the mythos of a sob story, a woulda-coulda-shoulda band of beautiful losers who tumbled off the ladder of success, boo hoo. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 25 Sep. 2023 A lot of actors have a sob story or a school-of-hard-knocks story. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 16 Sep. 2023 Mine is an all-too-common cosmetic sob story for many elder millennials and Gen X’ers—Chrissy Teigen has aired her own similar saga. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 23 Mar. 2023 There is one virtue in the Journal’s sob story. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sob story was in 1913

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“Sob story.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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